Post-Match: Lennon on Bolton's Defeat at Middlesbrough

  • February 24, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon believes Bolton's performance against Middlesbrough is cause for optimism, despite overseeing a 1-0 defeat at the Riverside Stadium.

Following on from Saturday's 4-1 loss at Nottingham Forest, Wanderers fans feared the worst ahead of their trip to Aitor Karanka's Championship title contenders.

Albert Adomah scored the only goal as Boro took all three points on Teesside, but, speaking after the game, Lennon admitted he was pleased with the performance of his players after their poor showings of recent weeks and hopes to use the game as a platform to pick up points in back-to-back home games over the next week.

"All in all, it was a good performance," Lennon told the club's official website. "I felt we deserved something out of the game.

"To come to a place like Middlesbrough, and to be able to say we deserved something after our recent performances on the road, is certainly encouraging.

"Middlesbrough were the better the team in the first half, as you would expect when they are the home team, but in the second half we were the ones looking the more likely.

"We had a few chances late on. Alfie (Adam Le Fondre) has had a sight of goal late on and we've had an effort cleared off the line.

"We obviously don't like losing and we're disappointed not to have taken something from the game, but overall it is a big improvement.

"We've had a difficult month, there's no shying away from that. Injuries have taken their toll, but that's no excuse.

"I thought we looked much better for having Emile (Heskey) in the team tonight. He was outstanding up top and dominated their central defenders in the air. (Ben) Amos also came into the side and his presence at the back resulted in us looking a lot more composed.

"That performance gives us a bit of a platform to build on going into back to back home games. If we can take points from them, then that'll ease a bit of the pressure.

"We were concerned after the performance at Nottingham Forest, but we looked a lot better tonight."

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